Police have detained two men over a brutal attack at Tai Kok Tsui in Kowloon early on Wednesday involving as many as 10 people in which a Pakistani man’s right arm was almost severed.

The 31-year-old victim was with two friends outside the McDonald’s restaurant at the intersection of Tai Kok Tsui Road and Ivy Street at about 2am when they were assaulted by a gang armed with knives, steel poles and wooden sticks, the Oriental Daily reported.

His friends managed to run into the restaurant, but the Pakistani, identified only by his surname of Khan, was trapped by the gang. He suffered severe stab wounds in his right arm. Passersby called the police and he was taken to hospital by paramedics.

Police officers armed with shields and batons searched the area around the restaurant and intercepted two asylum seekers from Pakistan. The men, aged 35 and 27, were later detained by the police for their alleged involvement in the attack.

Eight other suspects, who are believed to all be South Asians, are still wanted for questioning over the incident.